Meet the Team
DSB Offshore’s specialists
Roland Durnford-Slater FICS
Managing Director/ Shipbroker – Specialist: Jack-up Barges; Dredgers
Roland has worked at DSB since the start of the millennium. Alongside his father, he’s built an extensive knowledge of the offshore marine industry in Europe and beyond, reinforced by his Chartered Institute of Shipbroking qualifications. In January 2016 Roland took over from his father as Managing Director and continues to build on the long standing, well-respected name of DSB in the industry.
While involved in all aspects of shipbroking, Roland’s vessel specialism is in jack-up barges and dredgers. He feels that the humble flat-top barge in all it’s permutations, is a much neglected vessel type, and yet they are the workhorses of the industry.
Roland speaks a number of languages – including Russian – and has an interest in other cultures. This is of great benefit to DSB’s global growth, enabling the company to work in Russia, Central Asia, Europe and various French-speaking regions all over the world.
Director: Marketing, Media & Finance
Sandi joined the family business in 2014 to help with ‘The Great Barge Project’ and quickly found herself involved in the development of the new company website. She now manages all advertising and marketing campaigns for DSB and writes our ‘Brokers Blog’.
Raised on South Africa’s Wild Coast, Sandi has lived in the London since 2001 and considers herself to be an Anglo-African.
Professionally, Sandi hails from a film and media background, and holds a Master’s degree in Film from the University of Westminster. Prior to joining DSB, Sandi worked as a freelance journalist, primarily writing film and theatre reviews.When not busily at work at DSB Offshore, she blogs, writes and consumes all things story-related.
In an attempt to enter into the international dynamic of the DSB office, Sandi is enjoying the challenge of learning to speak French.
Shipbroker – Specialist: Flattop Barges, Splitbarges
Nazar was born and raised in Turkmenistan, so he speaks Russian and Turkmen in addition to being fluent in English.
Nazar attended the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London and University of Gloucestershire where he studied Business Administration and Economics.
Having worked previously in property management and education, Nazar joined our team full time as Compliance and Systems Co-ordinator and here discovered his love for broking. In January 2017 Nazar moved into the role of shipbroker. His vessel specialism in barges – including submersible, ballastable, crane and accommodation types.
Nazar enjoys spending time with his wife and young daughters – at the recent DSB social, ‘Team Annayev’ discovered their talent for croquet! Nazar is tech-savvy and nothing gives him more satisfaction, when faced with a problem, than to find an innovative solution.
Ayna Narliyeva – on maternity leave
Strategy, Compliance & Systems
Ayna is an international person by definition. She was born in Moscow, raised in Turkmenistan and came to the UK to study in 2003. Ayna has since made London her home and speaks fluent Russian, Turkmen and English. Ayna holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance, Marketing and Economics, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
Ayna previously worked for one of the world’s largest organic and handmade foods companies. In addition, she has experience in the operations and finance departments of higher education. She joined us in 2017 in the position of Business Strategy, Compliance and Systems.
Ayna’s claim to fame is that during the London Olympics 2012, she was used as the face of Turkmenistan and a 2 metre portrait of Ayna was displayed in Oxford Street for two months in the summer of 2012. Her portrait was part of the project entitled “The World in London”.
Ayna loves cooking for her husband and daughters, and enjoys hosting guests at home and sharing with them her national traditions.
Shipbroker – Specialist: Tugs, Workboats and Crew Vessels
Ben came to DSB from a seafaring background. He holds an Officer of the Watch certificate from Warsash Maritime Academy and has worked on offshore support vessels, general cargo and passenger vessels. In 2017 Ben gained a Thames Boatmaster’s license and worked as Master on high speed craft in London.
Ben’s specialism at DSB Offshore is tugs, workboats and heavylift transport. He enjoys both the practical elements of these markets and the challenges they pose.
In 2018 Ben completed a Bsc in shipping economics and is now studying for the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers qualification.
Ben is a keen rugby fan and will regularly be found at the Twickenham Stoop watching Harlequins play and whenever possible, tries to get in some training with his local team.
Nicholas joined DSB Offshore from America at the start of 2019 upon completion of his bachelor’s degree in International Business, Trade and Law from Florida Atlantic University.
Nico completed a work experience placement with DSB in summer 2016 and we are excited to welcome him back. He holds dual nationality, so is in the unique position to be able to work in both the USA and the UK. He’s excited at the prospect of broadening his horizons – travelling for work and for pleasure.
Nico will begin studying for the Institute Of Chartered Shipbrokers qualification towards the end of 2019, and in the meantime he will gain invaluable experience of shipbroking with DSB Offshore Ltd.
Outside of work, Nico is a passionate outdoorsman who enjoys fly-fishing, shooting and all aspects of fitness training.
Office Administration and Systems
Nicole joined DSB Offshore in June 2018 to cover a maternity position in Systems and Admin. She comes from a 10 year background working for the NHS where her experience is in database management, client relations, administration and training.
Nicole is studying coding in her free time, and has much to contribute to the DSB team. For the next year or so, she’ll most likely be the friendly voice you hear on the phone when you ring DSB Offshore.
Outside of work, Nicole is a history lover and has visited many historical sites in Britain (and the world) – caught the travel bug!
International Director/ Consultant
Shipping is in David’s blood. Early in his career he worked for a large UK ship-owner both in London and overseas, including Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Colombo and Aden.
Then he helped build the world’s second LNG vessel, as general manager of a consortium, before starting a company involved in tugs, supply-boats, crane barges and even manned-submarines as part of the global offshore oil industry.
In 1981 he founded DSB Offshore Ltd, which has since operated in a great variety of different markets. David retired from the position of managing director at DSB in December 2015. He handed over the helm to his son Roland. He is still very much a part of the DSB family and still pops into the office when he’s not playing golf.